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Weight Loss Surgery:
Finding the Thin Person Hiding Inside You.

Issue #91

April 15, 2006

Hello Everyone,
April 27th is the annual Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Whether you can celebrate this day by taking your child to work with you or not, it is still a time to reconsider our relationships with our children. I look at that issue in an article below.

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and have survived this very stressful time of the year – Tax Season!!!

In This Issue

* For the Sake of Our Children
* End Emotional Eating CD Now Shipping
* Recipe: Lemony Deviled Eggs
* Is It Time For You to Get Back on Track
* Success Story: Brenda Cooper
* Attention Nurses

For the Sake of Our Children
“The reality is that obesity is a very complex problem.  There are many underpinnings.  People accept that height is genetically determined, but they are less willing to accept that a person’s weight depends on genetic makeup.”

Allen Spiegel, MD, Director
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
National Institutes of Health

This quote is so meaningful for me.  How many times have we noticed someone with beautiful blue eyes and recognized that a parent had those same beautiful blue eyes. Why is it that we expect people to have more control over their size that is genetically influenced than we do their eye color?  We contribute height, hair color, the shape of a face to our children, and we also contribute size. But there are ways that we can work with our children so they do not follow an unhealthy path with their weight.

Rather than harp, criticize and nag, we need to lead by example and encourage our children when they do make positive strides.

A study done at Arizona State University revealed several important practical measures that will help us help our children. They include the following

  • Be sure that your child eats breakfast.  This is the most important meal for weight control because it jumps starts metabolism early in the day.
  • The more sedentary your child is, the more likely they are to be overweight.  But it is not necessary for children to play football or soccer. Just being involved in activities that are non-athletic such as school clubs, marching band, part-time jobs, volunteer work, church activities or household chores causes them to be less likely to become overweight.
  • Eat healthy at home. Even though you may be the family member who had surgery, the healthy habits that you are learning can set an example for your children.  They may complain at first, but there is no one in their lives who has more influence than you.
  • The study also revealed that high self-esteem has a positive influence on body weight. Find ways to praise your children every chance that you get.

Finally be a role model for your children.  When your children see that you are successful with your weight, it inspires them. Your decision to have surgery is truly a decision that will impact not only you, but your children as well. 

End Emotional Eating CD
  Now Shipping
The telephone seminar on emotional eating with Dr. Denise Lamothe was fabulous and the CD’s are now for sale.  Here are some comments from our attendees:

“This teleseminar was invaluable!  It was the best hour I've ever spent in any seminar.  Dr. Denise presented ideas I've never heard mentioned before. This talk was just packed with information and inspiration.  It touched me so much emotionally that I went through several Kleenexes!  Thanks for this wealth of information!”
      - April from Oregon

“I thought the teleseminar was AWESOME!!”
       - Linda from PA

“I am a compulsive emotional eater. I eat and then feel totally guilty about it so I eat more to make myself feel better, then I feel that much more guilty so I eat again and the circle just continues. Dr. Denise’s book and the wonderful teleseminar have truly helped me realize that I'm not a failure and there is hope that I can break this awful habit.”

“After my surgery, I gained back eight pounds. With Barbara's Back on Track Program http://www.BackOnTrackWithBarbara.com I have re-lost the eight pounds and more. And with what I learned from Dr. Denise I feel that I will be able to successfully keep the weight off and be proud of myself instead of constantly worrying about failure. Thanks to Barbara and Dr. Denise." 
        - JoAnne from Maryland 

“I have been out of the loop for quite awhile so it was really good for me to hear others going through what I am going through and that I am really not a failure after all. Thank you for drawing me back in!”
      - Pricilla from New York

“Dr. Denise speaks from the heart.  By using her own personal experiences, it made the talk more personal and real. It was definitely worth my time to listen!”
      - Zola from Texas

Get your copy today!  Click here for more information and to order http://www.wlscenter.com/emotional_eat.htm


Deviled Lemony Eggs

Here’s a recipe to use up all of those Easter eggs that the Easter bunny left behind!

8 large eggs
2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons light sour cream
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill weed
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
Salt to taste

Hard boil and peel eggs. Cut in half length-wise. Remove the yolk and mash them well. Mix in all of the remaining ingredients. Stuff eggs and enjoy.

If you have a recipe that you would like to share in future issues of this newsletter, please send it to me at Barbara@wlscenter.com

Is it Time for You to Get Back on Track?
We are having some great success with the Back on Track with Barbara Program. Here’s a comment I just received.

"I just love the Back on Track Program, especially the last Lesson on metabolism! All the Lessons have such great and useful information! I am without a support group and you are carrying me to my goal weight. God Bless you.  I would be cooked without you!"

Thanks for everything you do!
Kathryn in FL.

Here is how you can benefit from the program:

  • Stop regaining weight and start to lose weight again
  • Learn more about what to eat, how much to eat and what kinds of exercises are best
  • Learn how to control the emotional side of eating
  • Be part of a community that is struggling just like you are. Stop trying to do this on your own.
  • Get the support that you need to succeed

Click here for more information and to join http://www.backontrackwithbarbara.com/  

Success Story:
  Brenda Cooper
I want to offer a special thanks to Brenda Cooper. Here is her story:

My name is Brenda Cooper, I am 50 years old and I live in East Texas. I have been fat most of my life. Even in grade school, I used to get so embarrassed because at report card time we were weighed so our weight could be put on the card. The nurse never called out my weight like she did the other kids, she just wrote it down. I was glad she didn't call it out, but I was still embarrassed. I did manage to lose enough weight on diet pills when I was in the 10th grade. I needed to lower my weight to try out for majorette and I got it. That was a pretty good year. 

The next year I got married and pregnant. I gained a lot of weight during my pregnancy and just kept gaining from there. I have lost a lot of weight since then. I lost 100 pounds on the no carb diet, but gained it all back plus some.  I lost 86 pounds at Weight Watchers, gained it all back plus some. I lost 84 pounds at the Metabolic Weight Loss Clinic and yes, you guessed it, gained it all back plus some. Following that, I got up to 320 pounds. Then I got type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. I was a mess.

Then in April 2003 my life changed. I had RNY gastric bypass surgery. This is not a miracle cure for weight loss, it is only a tool. And as with all tools, you have to work with them to be successful. I was very lucky and had no problems what so ever following my surgery. I lost 150 pounds in a year. In March 2004 I had plastic surgery to remove some excess skin. I had abdominoplasty and brachioplasty. I lost 10 more pounds following that bringing my weight and weight loss to 160 pounds. I actually lost half of me. Gastric bypass surgery was the best decision I ever made.

Since then, I have gained back 25 pounds and have to work at not gaining any more.  I feel good at 185 and wear size 12 or 14 clothes. You really have to change your habits to make this work, but it is so worth it. Remember to eat your protein first and to get in some form of exercise everyday.

I thank God everyday for giving me the opportunity to have gastric bypass surgery, to lose weight and to get healthy.

Thank you Barbara for your book and website. You are one of the main reasons I had surgery.

Brenda Cooper
East Texas

Congratulations Brenda

I love good news.  If you have good news, a success story to share, or inspiration, please send it to me at Barbara@WLScenter.com so that I can include it in future issues.  

Attention Nurses
If you are a nurse and would like for me to speak on patient satisfaction and obesity sensitivity for your State Nurses Association, please have the conference planner for your State Association contact me. I have a corporate sponsor who will pay my fee and expenses so it is free for your Association. I also speak for many hospitals on the same topic. 

Contact me at Barbara@WLScenter.com or 412-851-4195.

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